Eddie Fuse is one of the greatest emerging well-rounded artists to come out of Detroit. He sings, writes and rhymes. Fuse, whose real name is Arnold Timmons, was born in 1984 in Detroit, Michigan. He started rapping at the adolescent age of 13 even though his “Sheros” Mother and Grandmother wanted him to pursue a career singing gospel music. He always felt as if his lyrics and words had greater power and meaning being a rap artist. His first rap song recorded “Naw I Aint Rich Yet” in 1998, led him to seriously want to pursue his dream. He released his first mixtape called “Brain Food” in 2000, and the world was introduced to Fuse.
In a recent exclusive interview, Eddie Fuse brought us up to date with his career and thoughts.
- How long have you been in the music business and how did you get started in the ﬁrst place?
Eddie Fuse- I have been in the Music business for approximately 25 years. I originally started with gospel Music in church with my mother and grandmother
- Who were your ﬁrst musical influences that you can remember?
Eddie Fuse- Steve Wonder, Michael Jackson, Luther Vandross
- Which artists are you currently listening to? And is there anyone of these that you’d like to collaborate with?
Eddie Fuse- Artists I listen to: Drake, Steve Wonder, Young Jezzy, OT Genasis, Migos I would love to collaborate with Drake & Stevie Wonder
- Have you suffered any ‘resistance’ from within the industry, and if so how have you handled that, and how do you handle criticism and haters in general?
Eddie Fuse- I haven’t suffered from any resistance & my faith in God keeps me focused and grounded NOT to allow haters to disrupt what I have going on. I also feel that criticism helps you build & grow for the better
- What are your thoughts on visual media? Do think that video is an appropriate marketing tool for your music, and where can fans ﬁnd your videos?
Eddie Fuse- I feel visual media increases your stardom & you can ﬁnd my videos & music on WWW.EDDIEFUSEOFFICAL.COM also on WWW.SOUNDCLOUD.COM & WWW.YOUTUBE.COM
- Which do you ultimately prefer? Entertaining a live audience or creating songs in a studio setting?
Eddie Fuse- I prefer creating songs & studio settings
- Tell us something about your lyrics and music production on your releases. Which part of these processes do you handle, and which do you outsource generally?
Eddie Fuse- All of my lyrics are stories that come from my past, present & where I can see my future. I handle the majority of all processes of my music except I outsource my production.
- What is the title of your latest music release and where can fans ﬁnd it?
Eddie Fuse-Samurai VS Gunslinger and you can ﬁnd it on WWW.HOTNEWHIPHOP.COM , WWW.BEATSBYDREMUSIC.COM WWW.SOUNDCLOUD.COM & WWW.iHEARTRADIO.COM
- Which ingredient do you think makes you special and unique as a performing artist in a genre thriving with newcomers?
Eddie Fuse- The fact that I am an overall artist I not only Rap I sing & write my own music
- If you were forced to choose only one, which emotion, more than any other drives you to be a part of this tough business. Is it joy, anger, desire, passion or pride and why?
Eddie Fuse- Passion because my grandfathers pushed me so much as a child that all I want to do is make them proud as they watch over me
- Which aspect of being an independent artist and the music making process excites you most and which aspect discourages you most?
Eddie Fuse- What excites me is making music and seeing where my future can be and what discourages me is the fact that I haven’t been picked up by a major label as of yet and all the funding comes from me
- How do you market and manage your music career? Do you have a management team or do you handle everything independently?
Eddie Fuse- Both I have a management team but I also push myself and my product as much as possible
- How do you achieve your sound? Do you work from a private recording environment or do you use a commercial sound-studio?
Eddie Fuse- I work from a private recording environment
- The best piece of advice in this business you actually followed so far, and one you didn’t follow, but now know for sure that you should have?
Eddie Fuse-Best piece of advice someone gave me was to stay on my course and never waiver and the best advice someone gave me that I didn’t listen to and I should have was to invest in my own studio
- If in your wildest dreams if you could choose any Producer to work with – living or dead, underground or major label – who would that be and why?
Eddie Fuse- J Dilla & I feel that his music and beats were all soul
- Do you consider Internet and all the social media websites, as fundamental to your career, and indie music in general, or do you think it has only produced a mass of mediocre “copy-and-paste” artists, who flood the web, making it difﬁcult for real talent to emerge?
Eddie Fuse- I feel that it goes hand and hand because you need the “copy and Paste” type of artists in order for the REAL talent to shine
- If someone who has never heard of you, asks what does ‘Eddie Fuse’ sound like? Which 3 keywords would you personally use to describe your overall sound and style?
Eddie Fuse-Hip-Hop, R&B, dubstep,
- Which keywords word you use to describe the current state of Rap & Hiphop industry?
Eddie Fuse-I feel that the industry is in need of a new identity
- As you work your way through your career which more than any other ﬁres-up your imagination – A Grammy award, Platinum music sales or any other tangible milestone?
Eddie Fuse- Grammy Award
- What is the ONE thing you are NOT willing or prepared to do EVER, in your quest to achieve a successful musical career?
Eddie Fuse- I am not willing to do favors for stardom